King Crimson guitarist/vocalist, solo artist and sessionman extraordinaire Adrian Belew has recently completed work on a new home studio featuring a pair of eight-channel Metric Halo ULN-8 interfaces with studio-grade mic preamps.
Belew’s new studio – where he is currently hard at work on a new studio album – was designed and installed by Daniel Rowland, a teacher at the Art Institute of Tennessee and the Online Audio School. He came to the job after designing the guitarist’s elaborate processing rig – a role that saw him graduate to become Belew’s engineer and technical guru.
Explaining the choice of the Metric Halo interfaces, Rowland (pictured here, left, with Belew) remarked: “Belew’s bass player, Julie Slick, has long sung the praises of Metric Halo. She has the ULN-2, and she loves how flexible it is and the quality of the preamps and conversion. I came into this project dead set on buying converters and outboard preamps, and meshing that with Adrian’s 48-channel console. However, much as with his new guitar rig, Belew wanted his studio to have a smaller footprint, without sacrificing quality, power or flexibility. So I checked out the Metric Halo ULN-8.”
The ULN-8 delivers eight channels of preamplification and conversion via Firewire, with the ability (using the Metric Halo MIO software console) to matrix route inputs and outputs, both hardware and software.
“After putting the ULN-8 through the paces, it became clear that a pair of them would serve Adrian’s vision for his studio much better than would the usual hodgepodge of mix ‘n’ match gear,” said Rowland. “That said, we still added some additional outboard gear, mostly to dirty-up the ULN-8’s very clean inputs.”
This other outboard gear features equipment from dbx, Summit Audio and TUBE-TECH. They are all used in conjunction with the newly released Pro Tools 9 software.